Sankofa City Summer School

What will the South Side of Chicago look like in 2021? As we anticipate the construction of the Obama Presidential Center, this workshop series brings South Side residents and University of Chicago students together to visualize our desired futures for our community.

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Past events



 May 15, 2019, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 Gray Center Lab

Midway Studios
929 E. 60th St.
Chicago, IL 60637

Join us for an evening with Ben R. Caldwell as the artist, renowned L.A. Rebellion filmmaker, and founder of the KAOS Network community arts center in Leimert Park, Los Angeles discusses his multifaceted work and its connection to Afrofuturism. Since 2017 Caldwell has guided the Gray Center's Sankofa City program.




 Jan 09, 2019, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry

929 E. 60th St.
Chicago, IL 60637

Join us for an evening with artist Faheem Majeed and community-based researcher Aiyah Josiah-Faeduwor as each present their work, dialogue about their collaborative efforts and think through strategies for impactful modes of collaboration. 



 Aug 27, 2017, 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM
 Connect Gallery

1520 S. Harper Court
Chicago, IL

Participants in Sankofa City Summer School: South Side Design Fiction Workshop present their visions for the future of our neighborhood, in the form of speculative design videos and objects that imagine new possibilities for public spaces.